I’ve heard so much positivity about Toughest that I had to do this event. Their inaugural UK event was in “London,” which like so many other OCR organisers was nowhere near London. Upon further research it appeared that their Copenhagen and Olso events were quite convenient to travel to via public transport. With the London event it would involve an expensive taxi ride so paying a little more to experience a different country just seemed a lot more appealing. As I’d never been to Norway it was an easy choice to make Oslo our destination.
Our flights with SAS came to around £110.
We made a long weekend of Oslo and stayed 3 nights at the Saga Poshtel which was around £100 each.
The event itself was very well organised. Plenty of well spaced obstacles, which a lot of them required good grip and upper body strength to complete. The whole penalty system with multi lane obstacle options worked really well. As two of us ended up waiting around for our other teammates we actually went around to try out all the obstacles if there wasn’t a queue for them. For the hanging hoops the harder option is with every other hoop missing, so skipping a hoop on the standard lane made me realise it was possible for us to complete the fast lane version. On other occasions we just went around again to get a better camera shot!
It wasn’t till I was reviewing the GoPro footage that I realized just how clear the water was at Toughest Oslo. UK events usually feature much browner water!
They had the salmon ladder but they weren’t enforcing any penalties for us with this. So I had two attempts. On the second attempt I actually manage to kip up, even though it was just one notch I was incredibly ecstatic to have done this. “It is possible!”
The dragons back obstacle was the first obstacle that I did not even attempt at a race. You had to leap from one platform to the other. Looking at it now I feel I could have done it but if the confidence is not there at the time it’s not worth risking it, especially as my gloves were soaked at the time. My friend François completed no problems though.
A lot of the obstacles I felt it was just about in reach for me, so for shorter people it would definitely have been a struggle.
The final obstacle was unique to the Oslo event, the ski slope. It took us a good 4 minutes on our hands and feet to scale. The last ten metres allowed you to stand up right but my legs felt super heavy, like gravity had been ramped up. Certainly one of the most memorable finishes at an OCR.
All in all it was a fantastic weekend with a new event and experiencing some new culture too.
One last thing, on our way back to the city the metro train ahead of us derailed (no serious injuries as far as we are aware) so we had to hail a taxi. Quite difficult when so many others were doing the same. On the plus the train operator will pay NOK 550 for any journey that you are delayed for twenty minutes or more if it is their fault. They at first were not going to pay the full taxi fare but we argued that we actually saved them money by the four of us getting a taxi together, which they agreed to. Happy ending!
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